Google is preparing to launch its Android Silver program, but the search engine giant may be overlooking the many advantages that Android OS already has over iOS.
In a new survey, mobile discount company WalletHero asked approximately 1500 pro-Apple consumers about the new features they want to see in the iPhone 6. An overwhelming 97% of iPhone customers say that they want the iPhone 6 to have improved battery life. Second to battery life was a wider display, as 85% of the surveyed iPhone consumers say that they’d like to see a display size increase in the next-generation iPhone. Third in the iPhone wish list was a better camera, as 73% of iPhone customers voiced their hope that the iPhone 6 improves its camera. Since Apple improved its lighting with the inclusion of a dual-LED flash in the iPhone 5s, it’s likely the case that camera lighting and software are not what most iPhone consumers have in mind when referring to camera improvement. We know what iPhone users want: a camera with more than 8 megapixels inside!
As for expandable memory storage?
37% of iPhone customers would like to see a microSD card slot placed within the iPhone 6, which is surprising when you consider how many iPhone customers stick with Apple and iOS year after year.
When you look at these top wishes from iPhone fans for the iPhone – battery life, wider display, improved camera, and expandable memory storage – it is clear that Android has a clear advantage. Android display sizes have been on the rise over the last three years, and many run at anywhere from 4.7-5.2 inches (some, such as the Galaxy Note 3, feature a 5.7-inch display). Battery life is also a win, particularly with Motorola and Samsung devices. The Galaxy Note 3 has provided up to 2 days of battery life with moderate use, and Motorola devices (such as the Verizon Droid series) offer the same.
HTC included a microSD card slot in its One M8 this year (it will come with the One M8 Prime, too), and Samsung, Sony, LG have microSD card slots in their smartphones. Samsung has been famous for its microSD card, and iPhone fans hope that their future device-to-own provides the same. What makes life difficult for potential iPhone 6 customers is that Apple’s iCloud only provides 5GB of cloud storage – a paltry offering when you consider that Google offers a minimum 15GB of cloud storage via Google Drive. While other cloud storage options are available, many of them only allow documents, MP3 files, and photos to be stored – not game apps, for example. It turns out that the microSD card slot is pretty important to user experience.
In short, the iPhone has a tall order to reach if it intends to defeat the best of what Android OS has to offer. We think you should tell this to those you know who are already lining up to purchase the iPhone 6 this September. The WalletHero survey also showed that 11% of iPhone customers who participated are former Android users who will depart Android this year for iOS. Apparently, these Android customers won’t see what they had until it’s gone.
What do you think? Do you think the iPhone has what it takes to best Samsung’s Galaxy S5, GS5 Prime, and Note 4, HTC’s One M8 and One M8 Prime, Sony’s Xperia Z2, and LG’s G3? What do you love most about Android? Do your thing in the comments.